Quotations of Wisdom

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Alexis de Tocqueville

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. [Q1037]

Marshall McLuhan

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. [Q1445]

Buckminster Fuller

Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable. [Q110]

Noam Chomsky

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. [Q155]

Scott Nesler

The song He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones reminded me of teenage heartbreak. I thought of what people do with fame. Fame comes by chance. It's used for good or not at all. We gauge fame from a triggered emotion. George Jones shared an unbridled empathy divorced from negative emotion. What a rare gift this man provided his admirers. [Q2072]

Stephen Hawking

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. [Q730]

Douglas Adams

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. [Q1000]

Thor Heyerdahl

We must wake up to the insane reality of our time. We are all irresponsible, unless we demand from the responsible decision makers that modern armaments must no longer be made available to people whose former battle axes and swords our ancestors condemned. [Q1543]

H. L. Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. [Q1213]

Stephen Jay Gould

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts to the bone of our hopes and needs, the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis. [Q1808]

Woodrow Wilson

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. [Q749]

Aristotle

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. [Q842]

Antonio Damasio

The autobiographical self has prompted extended memory, reasoning, imagination, creativity and language. And out of that came the instruments of culture — religions, justice, trade, the arts, science, technology. [Q1977]

David Hume

Truth springs from argument amongst friends. [Q1364]

Albert Einstein

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them! [Q67]

Arthur Miller

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. [Q1660]

Howard Zinn

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. [Q384]

Charles Kuralt

I think all those people I did stories about measured their own success by the joy their work was giving them. [Q477]

Julian Assange

It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abuses. [Q1211]

Bryant McGill

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination. [Q1381]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. [Q659]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens. [Q962]

Senator Paul Simon

When I have my "Chamber of Commerce speech" in communities, I tell them they need to do three things to move ahead economically: work hard; be creative; take risks. The same applies to individuals and the same applies to political parties. [Q1824]

Buckminster Fuller

All of humanity now has the option to "make it" successfully and sustainable, by virtue of our having minds, discovering principles and being able to employ these principles to do more with less. — Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth [Q124]

Mustafa Kemal

Today, our most important and most productive task is the national education [unification and modernization] affairs. We have to be successful in national education affairs and we shall be. The liberation of a nation is only achieved through this way. [Q1930]

Blaise Pascal

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. [Q588]

Robert Bárány

The incorrectness and weaknesses of a theory cause other minds to formulate the problems more exactly and in this way scientific progress is made. [Q1434]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. [Q422]

Steve Nash

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others. [Q441]

John Maynard Keynes

The biggest problem is not to let people accept new ideas, but to let them forget the old ones. [Q34]

Woodrow Wilson

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all. [Q743]

Jeremy Bentham

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends. [Q435]

Plutarch

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage. [Q775]

George Carlin

It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. [Q1597]

Lucretius

Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril. [Q1562]

Woodrow Wilson

Let me inside the government and I will tell you what is going on there. [Q2027]

Richard P. Feynman

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. [Q973]

Marshall McLuhan

When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves. [Q1488]

Wendell Berry

Much protest is naive; it expects quick, visible improvement and despairs and gives up when such improvement does not come. [Q1326]

Plato

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. [Q897]

George Orwell

A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals ... If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. [Q1351]

Epicurus

Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance. [Q802]

Marshall McLuhan

Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor. [Q1489]

Francis Kissling
 

People don't read what you write, they read what they thank what you are saying. [Q2024]

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life. [Q436]

Kurt Gödel

The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all. [Q1961]

Václav Havel

Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are of no interest to anyone, while we are lacking the things we need. A state which calls itself a workers' state humiliates and exploits workers. Our obsolete economy is wasting the little energy we have available. [Q1785]

Adlai Stevenson III

Today's politics tends to focus on popularity and the games: who is supporting whom, the polls and the money, personalities over truth, substitutes for Reason. [Q1844]

Mustafa Kemal

The religion of Islam will be elevated if it will cease to be a political instrument, as had been the case in the past. [Q1929]

Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. [Q1420]

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q1174]

Miles Davis

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis. [Q2058]

Ronald Reagan

There you go again. [Q2015]

Edward de Bono

To some extent pressure groups partake of traditional confrontational thinking habits. It is enough to be against something — let the other side figure out what to do. This places far too much confidence in constructive abilities of the 'other side'. (from the book, I am right, you are wrong. page 22) [Q2001]

Carl Sagan

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. [Q230]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason. [Q1077]

James Allen

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. [Q444]

Meister Eckhart

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. [Q1628]

Epicurus

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know. [Q796]

Brian David Josephson

Logical thinking is thinking based on propositions and on consideration of the truth or falsity of propositions. Its primary usefulness is in situations where facts can be relied on to remain facts — in other words, in circumstances where nothing really new or unexpected is likely to happen. — Prologue to Edward de Bono's I am Right You are Wrong [Q1988]

John F Kennedy

So, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. [Q2064]

Tracy Chapman

We are the spirit the collective conscience. — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1493]

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

John Boyd Orr

Though the general principles of statecraft have survived the rise and fall of empires, every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political, economic, and social structure. [Q1157]

Nikola Tesla

What we now want most is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth and the elimination of that fanatic devotion to exalted ideals of national egoism and pride, which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife. No league or parliamentary act of any kind will ever prevent such a calamity. These are only new devices for putting the weak at the mercy of the strong. [Q1686]

Margaret Mead

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. [Q1421]

Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by. [Q1506]

Václav Havel

A year ago, we all were united in the joy over having broken free of totalitarianism. Today we all are made somewhat nervous by the burden of freedom. Our society is still in a state of shock. This shock could have been expected, but none of us expected it to be so profound. The old system collapsed, and a new one so far has not been built. Our social life is marked by a subliminal uncertainty over what kind of system we are going to build, how to build it, and whether we are able to build it at all. [Q1795]

Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. [Q853]

Alice in Wonder Land

If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later. [Q1980]

John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. [Q474]

Buckminster Fuller

Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices. [Q112]

George Canning

I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. [Q363]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]

Epictetus

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. [Q824]

Noam Chomsky

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss. [Q149]

Arlo Guthrie

I'd rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me. [Q353]

Lenny Bruce

The "what should be" never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no "what should be," there is only what is. [Q335]

Marshall McLuhan

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts. [Q1469]

Master Kan

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q507]

Charles Lindbergh

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. [Q1937]

Scott Nesler

I worry about the fate of the citizens when hate, fear, ignorance, and chaos becomes the most effective methods for political change. Coherency, community, and courtesy should be given equal opportunity. [Q184]

Charles Lindbergh

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance. [Q1936]

Charles Schulz

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. [Q56]

Bob Woodward

I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us. [Q619]

Julius Rosenberg

There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. [Q1546]

Kathryn Schulz

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? [Q1398]

Thomas Jefferson

The public education... we divide into three grades: 1. Primary schools, in which are taught reading, writing, and common arithmetic, to every infant of the State, male and female. 2. Intermediate schools, in which an education is given proper for artificers and the middle vocations of life; in grammar, for example, general history, logarithms, arithmetic, plane trigonometry, mensuration, the use of the globes, navigation, the mechanical principles, the elements of natural philosophy, and, as a preparation for the University, the Greek and Latin languages. 3. An University, in which these and all other useful sciences shall be taught in their highest degree; the expenses of these institutions are defrayed partly by the public, and partly by the individuals profiting of them. [Q534]

Marie Curie

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. [Q325]

Robert Fuller

Hate is caused by unrelieved indignity; real or imagined. Imagined indignities can feel as injurious as real ones, and have led people to commit mayhem and murder. [Q1347]

Martin Luther King

The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. [Q65]

R Jeffrey Lustig

Since ancient times statesmen have attempted to create a policy that could harness private interests to the public welfare. The corporation succeeds, by contrast, in harnessing the vast public to a private interest. It subordinates plurality to singularity, the many to the few. — David S. Allen, Democracy, Inc. (Page 4), Reference to R. Jeffrey Lustig, Corporate Liberalism: The Origins of Modern American Political Theory 1890-1920. [Q236]

Democritus

Men should strive to think much and know little. [Q768]

Sarah's Key

Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell. But if a story isn't told it becomes something else; forgotten. [Q1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. [Q1312]

Archimedes

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. [Q929]

Jonas Salk

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience ... it's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available and at my disposal the great experience of all the investigators who plodded along for a number of years. [Q485]

René Descartes

Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. [Q1128]

Senator Paul Simon

In a presidential race, who is losing or gaining three points in the latest polls receives much more coverage than where the candidates stand on poverty or foreign policy. It is easy to cover the trivial. A drop in the polls will receive more attention than an in-depth speech on national health care. The average sound bite on network TV news for the Republican presidential primary of 1996 was 7.2 seconds. Almost half the second bites were less than five seconds. Try to say something of substance on any issue in 7.2 seconds! The media should be here not simply to make money, but also to serve, and that service can be improved. [Q1814]

Loris Harrow

Notice what no one else notice, and you'll see what no one else knows, What you get is what you get, what you do with what you get, that's more the point. — City of Ember [Q296]

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